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Wordrobe

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Language games developed by the University of Gröningen (Netherlands) used to build a "large annotated corpus and improve natural language processing software."

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Grammar Gamble for language geeks, no doubt intended for native speakers, it can provide reading/parsing practice for advanced ESL learners - in Twins, for example, decide whether the highlighted word is a noun or a verb, and indicate your confidence in your decision using a slider.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 29, 2012 2:55 AM

Reading/grammar practice suitable for advanced learners, with social media/gaming integration.

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Language education and SLA: The search for reciprocal relevance: Ortega 2014

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Video of conference talk; start 10 minutes in.
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Teacher/Practitioner Research: Wyatt, Burns & Hanks 2016

There is growing interest in educational research conducted by teachers and other practitioners in learning environments. There is also a growing willingness among educators to discuss such research in environments that are open and online. However, for some of those engaging with such forms of inquiry in such online spaces, puzzles remain. For example, for it to count as ‘research’, does teacher/practitioner ‘research’ have to be shared? Can this happen in non-academic ways, and why is this beneficial? In what ways is teacher/practitioner research valuable in itself as an activity? What forms of such research are open to teachers, how are they similar and how do they differ? What are the defining characteristics of one of these forms, ‘exploratory practice’, and what does it look like in practice? What kinds of support are required so that teacher/practitioner research is a more viable activity for both teachers and their learners?

These were some of the questions raised in a recent online discussion involving teachers and academics from all over the world. It provided dialogic learning opportunities and encouraged a sharing of insights from educators working from different perspectives but united in the common cause of supporting deeply ethical, empowering teacher/practitioner research. This article represents the moderators’ reflective summary of the discussion, produced with a view to disseminating current ideas on this topic and stimulating further debate.

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Action research, exploratory practice and other forms of research conducted by language teachers
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Top 100 podcasts

Top 100 podcasts | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Page 2 | Don’t drown in the vast, virtual sea of free podcasts. Check out our roundup of some of the best podcasts available at your fingertips.
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Welcome to Lit2Go ETC

Welcome to Lit2Go ETC | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.

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Audio and text, out of copyright titles (Huckleberry Finn and the Wizard of Oz ...)

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47 Animated Videos Explain the History of Ideas: From Aristotle to Sartre

This year we’ve been featuring short animated videos from BBC Radio 4, all covering the big questions: How did everything begin? What makes us human? What is love? How can I know anything at all?
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, September 17, 2015 2:35 AM

Ultra-short, beautifully put together. Excellent teaching resource

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The best podcasts for stories, fiction and poetry

The best podcasts for stories, fiction and poetry | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
The best story and poetry podcasts including short stories, readings of fiction and real-life dramas, selected and updated by Pete Naughton
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Pete Naughton of the Telegraph has these podcast recommendations. Suitable for higher level adult learners, on a variety of literary topics

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Roselink's curator insight, March 12, 5:37 AM

Pete Naughton of the Telegraph has these podcast recommendations. Suitable for higher level adult learners, on a variety of literary topics

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▶ History of English (combined) - YouTube

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SSLLT: Vol. 5 No. 1 March 2015

SSLLT: Vol. 5 No. 1 March 2015 | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Adriana Biedroń – Neurology of foreign language aptitude (doi:10.14746/ssllt.2014.5.1.2)

Yinxing Jin, Kees de Bot, Merel Keijzer – The anxiety-proficiency relationship and the stability of anxiety: The case of Chinese university learners of English and Japanese (doi:10.14746/ssllt.2014.5.1.3)

Zhongshe Lu, Meihua Liu – An investigation of Chinese university EFL learners’ foreign language reading anxiety, reading strategy use and reading comprehension performance (doi:10.14746/ssllt.2014.5.1.4)

Thomas Lockley – Promoting international posture through history as content and language integrated learning (CLIL) in a Japanese context (doi:10.14746/ssllt.2014.5.1.5)

Simone E. Pfenninger – MSL in the digital ages: Effects and effectiveness of computer-mediated intervention for FL learners with dyslexia (doi:10.14746/ssllt.2014.5.1.6)

Jan Vanhove – Analyzing randomized controlled interventions: Three notes for applied linguists (doi:10.14746/ssllt.2014.5.1.7)

François Pichette, Sébastien Béland, Shahab Jolani, Justyna Leśniewska – The handling of missing binary data in language research (doi:10.14746/ssllt.2014.5.1.8)
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124 Recordings of Famous Poets Reading Some of Their Poems

124 Recordings of Famous Poets Reading Some of Their Poems | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

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At the beginning of this month I shared five good resources for National Poetry Month. The Library of Congress recently released a new online archive about poetry.

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Authentic listening/speaking practice for English studies

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Dreamreader.net

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Easy English, Interesting English, Fun English, Practical English, Academic English

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 19, 2015 9:36 AM

Texts and comprehension questions.

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Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine

Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 435 billion archived web pages.
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Lots of resources here ...

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mrsamberreece's curator insight, February 25, 2015 5:56 AM

Look here for hard to find econ books

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Free, High-Quality AudioBooks of Classic Literature on Spotify

Free, High-Quality AudioBooks of Classic Literature on Spotify | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Where music goes, technologically speaking, audio books soon follow. We've had audio books on vinyl LP, on cassette tape, on CD, and on MP3, just like we've had music.
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Listening resources for learning and teachers

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Roselink's curator insight, March 12, 5:37 AM

Listening resources for learning and teachers

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Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses via Open Culture

Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses via Open Culture | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Santa left a new Kindle, iPad, Kindle Fire or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we’ll do ours. We’ll tell you how to fill those devices with free intelligent media — great books, movies, courses, and all of the rest.
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LInks to portals for free e-books, audio recordings of classic literature, open courseware and so on.

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The CALL-SLA interface: Plonsky & Ziegler 2016

... Statistical results indicate a small relative effect ( ES = .512) for the use of technology in L2 learning, suggesting that learners participating in CALL contexts may have better learning outcomes than those in traditional educational contexts . Absolute effects also provide strong evidence for the efficacy of CALL ( ES = .84). Results demonstrate positive benefits for CALL glossing ( ES = .60) and CMC ( ES = .33) relative to non-CALL contexts, although more research i s needed to understand the full impact of game -based or mobi le-assisted language learning. Syntheses also seem to support a general trend towards a developmental advantage for CALL (e.g. , Lai & Li, 2011; Sauro, 2011; Zhao, 2003; although see Lee et al. , 20 15, for an exception).
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Meta-analysis of use of technologies for teaching/learning second languages
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23 maps and charts on language

23 maps and charts on language | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
"The limits of my language," the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once posited, "mean the limits of my world." Explaining everything within the limits of the world is probably too ambitious a goal for a list like this. But here are 23 maps and charts that can hopefully illuminate small aspects of how we manage to communicate with one another.
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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, June 2, 2:42 AM
a big and useful collection
jorge vázquez's curator insight, June 3, 3:46 PM
Terrible el mapa sobre la capacidad, incapacidad mejor dicho, de comunicarse en inglés en España. El 78% de la población es incapaz de comunicarse con una buena parte del mundo. Si no puedes hablar con alguien, ¿cómo puedes saber lo que piensa, lo que siente?
Léxico no es una acumulación de palabras. Eso es un diccionario. Léxico son las palabras que te permiten comunicarte con los demás. Y los demás no son solo los que te rodean. No hay nada más bonito que aprender de los que son diferentes. Nunca aprenderás tanto sobre tí como cuando te ves a través de los ojos de los demás.
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23 maps and charts on language
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16 great websites for free audiobooks

16 great websites for free audiobooks | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Our picks for the best free audiobook websites so you can listen whenever (and wherever) free of charge.
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Places to listen to English books free
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An Animated Introduction to Virginia Woolf

It’s a pity writer Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) drowned herself before the advent of the Internet.
Industrialization did not phase her.
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10 minutes on her life and work, also links to other sources of literature and literary criticism on the web.

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Public domain eBooks: U Adelaide

ChronologyClassical AntiquityEpic PoetryThe Greek DramatistsMiddle AgesThe RenaissanceThe EnlightenmentRomanticismThe Gothic NovelVictorian LiteratureRealism, Naturalism and SymbolismThe Age of Uncertainty


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Marie-Hélène Fasquel's curator insight, July 20, 2015 9:09 AM

Excellent source of free ebooks

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Also classified by genre, national origin, and some reading lists for those who like to tick things off.

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Podcast: Serial

Podcast: Serial | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
A new podcast from the creators of This American Life. One story. Told week by week. Hosted by Sarah Koenig.
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Totally gripping 12-episode true-life podcast.  Suitable for higher level learners.

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Dramatized Science Fiction Stories: Mind Webs

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We here at Open Culture believe that, as far as science-fiction delivery systems go, you can't do much better than radio drama.
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88 hours of audio, free to download

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From GR8 to fleek: Social Media Speeds Up Language Evolution:

From GR8 to fleek: Social Media Speeds Up Language Evolution: | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Geoff Nunberg (UC Berkeley):

It used to be that slang began among high school kids and worked its way around the school and maybe spread to kids in other generations before eventually reaching the speech of older people. By the time the older people were using it, the high school kids had moved on to something else. The whole point of slang is to keep your language separate, but now you can make a video or a Vine, a word catches on, the link is passed all around and two weeks later there are 2 billion people who are using this word, it’s astonishing.

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Learning a second language in the information age

Learning a second language in the information age | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
If you didn’t study any foreign languages in school, picking one up as an adult can be challenging, since the human brain is best-equipped to absorb a new language in the early childhood years.
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 21, 2015 4:41 AM

15 minute audio with

Elizabeth Bernhardt, Professor of German Studies and Director of the Stanford Language Center at Stanford University.

Marty Abbott, Executive Director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, a non-profit organization seeking to improve and expand the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction.

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poetryarchive.org

poetryarchive.org | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
City lilacs In crack-haunted alleys, overhangs, plots of sour earth that pass for gardens, in the space between wall and wheelie bin, where men with mobiles make urgent conversation, where bare-legged girls shiver in April winds, where a new mother stands on her doorstep and blinks at the brightness of morning, so suddenly born - in all these places the city lilacs are pushing their cones of blossom into the spring to be taken by the warm wind.
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Resources for listening to poetry

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 9, 2015 9:51 AM

Listen to poety and read along.  Use it for shadow-reading, to practice intonation, or to pick up vocabulary of a literary nature

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Vocabulary learning: what the research says

Vocabulary learning: what the research says | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
I’ve just read Peter Yongqi Gu (2003)Vocabulary Learning in a Second Language: Person, Task, Context and Strategies Here are a few interesting points which emerge. All references can be found at th...
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How to learn more words so you can understand them, but also use them ...

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 23, 2015 4:02 AM

Old-fashioned dictionary work, memorisation of translation pairs still have their place, research shows.  But other activities (and more research) are needed to go beyond word recognition to appropriate use.

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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.
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Ideas for structuring presentations

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 19, 2015 4:07 AM

Nice outline of different ways of organising presentations based on a story or stories, with examples of TED talks which follow each plan.